Green Point: A 500+ Million Year Thru Hike

On the western coast of Newfoundland's Great Northern Peninsula, just 10 kilometers (6 miles) north of Bonne Bay and mid-way through Gros Morne National Park, lies a grassy headland with a geologic stature far exceeding its low-lying geographic profile. Unless IAT thru-hikers decide to camp at the nearby campground or trek the pebbly beach, they are likely to bypass this unassuming site.

For more than half a billion years, plants, animals, and sediments have passed this way, many ending their journey embedded in the horizontal layers of rock and fossils now turned on their edge by tectonic forces.

In the year 2000, one of these hundreds of layers was designated the global stratotype for the Cambrian / Ordovician boundary in geologic time, as the conodont Iapetognathus Fluctivagos first appeared here approximately 492 million
years ago.

 

For more on Newfoundland's Green Point, go to the IATNL website.